Thursday, February 25, 2016
Continuing the discussion on how to lose weight, it is important to simplify your program. Set a realistic goal for yourself, avoid quick fix weight loss programs and eat smaller portions. Even though the portions are smaller it is important to feel as though you have had enough to eat. You can do this by selecting foods that are rich in fiber.
How well does this approach work? For example in one study increasing fiber intake to 30 grams or more a day for 12 months helped 240 adults lose about as much weight as those who followed a more complicated diet in which the participants were told how many servings of carbs, vegetables and protein to consume.
It does not need to be complicated. It will work. We guarantee it. Let us know if you have any questions.
Monday, February 22, 2016
Do you believe that the outlook you have about aging when you are younger can affect your brain function when you are older? There is no doubt about the mind-body relationship, but for many of us it would have been a stretch to believe that our thoughts when we are younger could contribute to the development of dementia when we are older.
Yet, and for the first time, recent studies linked a person's negative thoughts about aging with brain changes associated with Alzheimer's disease 25 years later. The researchers also looked at brain autopsies of people in the study. They found that the buildup of amyloid plaques, a marker of Alzheimer's disease, was significantly higher in those who held more negative stereotypes about aging.
The take away message is what we have been saying and what we have written about for years. A positive attitude about life will do more for you than many of the pills that you have been taking!